1 Holland America Oosterdam Cruise Reviews for Repositioning Cruises to Transpacific

Our first HAL cruise, re-positioning from Sydney to Vancouver. The price was right and there were plenty of sea days which we like. Boarding was easy as there were quite a number of transit passengers that had boarded in New Zealand. Our ... Read More
Our first HAL cruise, re-positioning from Sydney to Vancouver. The price was right and there were plenty of sea days which we like. Boarding was easy as there were quite a number of transit passengers that had boarded in New Zealand. Our first impression of the internal areas of the ship were 'Dull and Dark` with a capital D. It has an interior decor that just sucks up the light and makes everything dull, there are the occasional bright areas but they are few and far between. The accommodation deck passageways have dark blue carpet, dark brown faux wood panelling and dull creamy/mustard coloured walls and grey ceilings. All the lounges and bars are small and these are made smaller by dividers and high backed furniture. It needs are very big brightening up to get it out of a funereal home look. Our balcony cabin was OK but the only complaint is the way the storage areas and doors impede the aisle between the door and living space. As with all cruises we have had the staff were excellent and always helpful. Not a great deal of activities during the day so a bit dull in that area. Second sitting diners were always at a disadvantage for evening activities as they would be ending or starting at times that clashed with the 8:00 to 9:30 dining time. Saw a few production shows that were OK, guest entertainers were variable in quality. My wife wasn't too wrapped in the food overall but I thought it was pretty good. They do a pretty good steak on HAL. Two things that USA based cruise lines do not understand are tea and cheese and biscuits and HAL are no exception. Hard to get a decent common garden variety black tea bag or a variety of cracker biscuit with cheese. Also no draught beer available on the ship. Overall beer, spirit and wine prices on par with other cruise lines. The ship has the best laid out buffet we have come across. Well planned which resulted in easy access and service. Big tick! We also liked the big open area Pool Deck area on Lido Deck, great in warm areas. Whether we get back to HAL would depend on the price and where the ship was going. Our preference is for Princess but there are thing HAL do better than Princess and others they don't. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Oosterdam Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.3
Dining 4.0 4.0
Entertainment 4.0 3.6
Public Rooms 4.0 4.2
Fitness Recreation 4.5 3.9
Family 4.0 3.9
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.8
Enrichment 4.5 3.6
Service 4.0 4.3
Value For Money 4.0 3.9
Rates 4.0 4.2

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